Readers may remember that former City Controller Wendy Greuel was critical of the workers’ compensation spending and policies of the City of Los Angeles after conducting a review last year. Well, that criticism was recently echoed in two recent audits led by current City Controller Ron Galperin.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the federal agency responsible for enforcing workplace safety and health legislation, has been taking a harder line on companies and staffing agencies which utilize temporary workers. As we have mentioned before on this blog, temporary workers have come into more widespread use in recent years, and with that there has been an increasing concern about the risks these workers face because of their position in the workplace.
On Monday, roughly 120 truck drivers in Long Beach and Los Angeles went on strike in dispute of illegal worker misclassification. Worker misclassification refers to a situation where an employer classifies an employee as an independent contractor in order to deny them important benefits such as overtime, minimum wage, unemployment insurance and to avoid workers’ compensation premiums.